Recently, it was revealed that Microsoft made roughly $2.9 billion through Xbox Game Pass in fiscal year 2021.
With those numbers, this would imply that the revenue made with the service would make up a staggering 23% of the company’s gaming revenue. However, it seems this estimate isn’t accurate and notably lower than reported
Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming confirmed this estimate isn’t accurate while speaking at a WSJ Tech Live event.
“Game Pass as an overall part of our content and services revenue is probably 15 percent. I don’t think it gets bigger than that. I think the overall revenue grows so 15 percent of a bigger number,” Spencer said (via The Verge). The Xbox boss then noted the service definitely is profitable for the company.
Considering his numbers, it appears that Xbox Game Pass’s actual revenue is estimated to be between 1.6 to 2.4 billion USD in revenue, which is far under the original reports of $2.9 billion.
That said, it appears Spencer’s belief that even if Xbox Game Pass continues to only make up 15% of total revenue for their content and services, total growth will continue as shown by their recent record breaking earning for Q1 of this fiscal year.
For comparison, competitor Sony’s revenue through their PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services has been reported around roughly $3.6 billion during 2021.